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Book of the Week: The Last Immigrant by Lau Siew Mei


The Last Immigrant is the latest novel from Lau Siew Mei, who was born and raised in Singapore before moving to Australia. She is the author of the critically acclaimed Playing Madame Mao, a story about an actress who finds her life unravelling after her husband is arrested and detained without trial. Time magazine called it “one of the best novels ever written about Singapore”.

Siew Mei has also written another novel, The Dispeller of Worries, as well as several short stories and a children’s book, Yin’s Magic Dragon.

January 22, 2018 by Christopher Toh
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Book of the Week: Trivialities about Me and Myself

What drives writers to conceive of – and readers to be fascinated with – Man in all his restless, confused and inherently paradoxical condition?

This week's Book of the Week, Yeng Pway Ngon’s novel Trivialities About Me and Myself, weaves an unflinching narrative of Ah-hui, a Chinese-educated Singaporean entrepreneur, who struggles with a split personality condition.

It is set against the backdrop of a newly independent Singapore which has thrown off its dusty cloak of indigenous traditions and practices to embrace the thrill and shine of a consumerist, English-speaking system.

January 14, 2018 by Epigram Books Admin
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Book Of The Week: Son of Singapore

Those who were in school in the late 1970s or early 1980s may have been asked by their teachers to read Son of Singapore, the novel by Tan Kok Seng, as part of their literature curriculum in school. 
January 08, 2018 by Christopher Toh
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Book of the Week: A Life in Words

As we begin a new year with new resolutions that we aim to accomplish (hopefully/perhaps/fingers crossed), we could get some inspiration from a person who has, in her life, accomplished quite a bit.

We're talking about Tham Yew Chin, better known by her pen name, You Jin. Among her achievements: receiving the Singapore Chinese Literary Award, the Montblanc-NUS Centre for the Arts Literary Award, and the biggie – the Cultural Medallion for her contributions to Singapore’s literary arts scene.

January 02, 2018 by Christopher Toh
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